Briefs

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Briefs


Compiled From News Services, Ap, Reuters, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


RHODE ISLAND

Oil Spill Kills Birds And Lobsters Thousands of lobsters, scores of sea birds and several sea turtles are among the victims of an estimated 720,000 gallons of refined oil leaking from a tank barge that washed ashore at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in the worst spill in Rhode Island history.

The barge, carrying 4 million gallons of home heating oil, along with its tug, drifted ashore Friday after the tug caught fire and the crew abandoned it without anchoring.

Officials who boarded the beached barge at low tide Saturday said that they found ruptures in the hull larger than they expected.

"This is a serious matter. There is a lot of uncertainty," said John DeVillars, regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Compiled from news services

WORLD

INDONESIA

54 Known Dead After Ferry Sinks

More than 130 people were missing Saturday and another 54 confirmed dead after a ferry sank off the island of Sumatra in northern Indonesia, apparently after striking a reef.

The ferry went down with 210 passengers, including 11 foreigners and 16 crew members Friday, according to Indonesian government officials.

Rescuers found 39 survivors, including two Britons and an American woman identified only as Margaret K., officials said. They said 54 bodies were found.

The 555-ton ferry, Gurita, sank about an hour after leaving Malahayati, on northern Sumatra.

It was bound for the island of Weh, a 15-mile trip.

Its cargo included 33 vehicles.

The number of passengers may have been higher than the 210 listed on the manifest, officials said.

AP

GERMANY

Police Hold Suspect In Hostel Fire

German police have detained a Lebanese man on suspicion of arson and murder in connection with the fire at a refugee hostel in Luebeck that killed 10 people and injured 50, a police spokesman said Saturday.

The hostel housed refugees from Zaire, Togo, Syria and Lebanon and ethnic German immigrants from Poland. More than 2,000 demonstrators held a rally against racism in Luebeck earlier Saturday. Some demanded that Germany grant asylum to all refugees.

Some of the demonstrators, many of them Africans and Arabs, wore white bands around their heads or arms as a sign of mourning. Hundreds of Africans sang traditional songs of mourning from their homelands.

Reuters

SINGAPORE

Ex-Leader Treated For Heart Ailment

Lee Kuan Yew, 72, former prime minister of Singapore, underwent treatment Saturday to open up a narrowed coronary artery, a government statement said. …

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